Cougars fight hard, fall to Mocs

College of Charleston’s women’s basketball team fought valiantly against Chattanooga Saturday afternoon at TD Arena, ultimately coming up short against the Mocs and falling, 73-58.

The defeat snapped a three-game winning streak, including an impressive win on the road at Davidson.

After a slow start from both squads, Charleston kicked it into high gear and the Cougars took their first lead at the 12-minute mark, but the Mocs swiftly reclaimed it on the next trip down the court.

As the first half wound down, a technical foul on the Chattanooga bench gave the Cougars (11-13, 7-8 SoCon) a chance to cut the small lead before the half.

A strong put-back from center Mikaela Hopkins tied the score at 39, getting the crowd geared up for the second half.

Chattanooga’s Ashlen Dewart exploded in the second half, scoring the first eight points and putting the Cougars into a hole they struggled to dig out of. The Mocs (22-3, 15-1 SoCon) pushed their lead to double-digits, where it remained for much of the second half.

“When we came out of the locker room, they go on a 6-0 run, which got us back on our heels. I’m still wondering why,” said head coach Natasha Adair . “To beat a good team, you can’t have empty possessions.”

Afreyea Tolbert led the Cougars with 15 points, while Alyssa Frye and Latisha Harris added 11 each.

Dewart commanded the inside for the Mocs,, with a game-high 24 points and 13 rebounds.

Monday, the Cougars face Samford at 7 p.m. in TD Arena. A win in that game could lift the Cougars into fifth place in the league, and a bye in the Southern Conference Tournament.

“We have another opportunity to avenge this loss. Everything right now matters. Positioning matters and each game means something,” Adair said. “ We will get back in the gym and address some of the issues from today, but we have to move forward.”

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